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New Student Advisory Board will provide input on sexual violence prevention and response

Student Advisory Board

Credit: Elena Zhukova

A new 19-member Student Advisory Board has been established to provide input to the university on its ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The board will hold its first meeting Feb. 5. The board members will serve as liaisons between students and the UC Systemwide Title IX Office on the university’s continuing prevention and response efforts. They will provide information to students about UC’s latest efforts, share students’ feedback with Systemwide Title IX Coordinator Kathleen Salvaty, and help identify emerging issues.

The board consists of one undergraduate and one graduate student from each campus, except for UCSF which does not offer undergraduate programs and will be represented by one graduate student. 

“We were impressed by the more than 100 applications we received, which underscores how passionate our students are about this issue,” Salvaty said. “We’re eager to expand the ways in which we receive feedback from students and we’re looking forward to working with the new Student Advisory Board.”

Student Regent Paul Monge helped lead the effort to form the Student Advisory Board. A committee, which was comprised primarily of students and included Office of the President staff, reviewed the applications and selected the board members. The selection criteria included students’ interest in and knowledge of Title IX related issues, commitment to engage students at their campus and connect with the rest of the board, and ability to think broadly. The selection committee also strove to assemble a board that represented diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The new board members will serve until June 2019. The university will invite students to apply for the next one-year board term in early 2019.

Students are encouraged to reach out to the board member representing their campus to discuss sexual violence-related issues.

Student Advisory Board

UC Berkeley

Sophie Bandarkar, undergraduate representative

Victoria Cheng, graduate representative

UC Davis

Claire Chevallier, undergraduate representative

Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, graduate representative

UC Irvine

Shweta Karkee, undergraduate representative

Matt Barno, graduate representative

UCLA

Leann Pham, undergraduate representative

Sunney Poyner, graduate representative

UC Merced

Carlo Vasquez, undergraduate representative

Alexandria Pabst, graduate representative

UC Riverside

Carisha Moore, undergraduate representative

Mackenzie Gregg, graduate representative

UC San Diego

Annie Park, undergraduate representative

Hayley Weddle, graduate representative

UCSF

Danielle Fasani, graduate representative

UC Santa Barbara

Mariah Tanaka, undergraduate representative

Jennifer Selvidge, graduate representative

UC Santa Cruz

Gianna Pauline Passalacqua, undergraduate representative

Alison Hanson, graduate representative

Selection Committee

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, UC Riverside student
Eric Heng, assistant director of Student Development and Engagement
Hieu Le, UC Santa Barbara student
Kimberly McCabe, UC San Diego student
Arielle Mokhtarzadeh, UCLA student
Paul Monge, UC student regent
Chloe Pan, UCLA student
Kathleen Salvaty, systemwide Title IX officer
Teresa Wachira, UC Merced student